Shopping guide: Halifax
Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital, and the biggest Canadian city east of Montreal. Despite its size, this port city retains small-town appeal -- which doesn't mean small-city shopping. You'll find large shopping malls in Halifax, as well as across the harbour bridge in sister city Dartmouth, and industrial parks at the city's edges provide space for bigger stores. For more unique items, shop the quaint Hydrostone Market in the city's North End or the bustling downtown core, where you'll find boutiques and small stores featuring local and imported products.
The small Henhouse (5533 Young St.; 902-423-4499; 1-888-423-4499; henhouse.ca) is the place to find furniture and accent pieces for a country or antique decorating scheme. Henhouse custom-reproduces wooden country-style furniture for their customers, creating one-of-a-kind pieces, such as a dining hutch or armoire, to suit individual needs. If you're simply interested in sprucing up furniture you already own, the colourful selection of hand-painted knobs used on dressers and cabinets are sold separately.
You'll find elegant and whimsical indoor and outdoor pieces at Backyard & Veranda (5657 Spring Garden Rd.; 902-425-9273; backyardandveranda.com), located in downtown Halifax. “Here, you can put together a look starting from your welcome mat all the way to your back deck,” says owner Charles-Michel LeBlanc. Bring indoor comforts outside with all-weather jute rugs and floor and table lamps. You'll also find accessories and glassware to stock a unique, exotic bar, and Dean & Deluca's gourmet spices and coffee.
An expansion of Attica, Halifax's popular home furnishing store, Attica Kids (201 Chain Lake Dr., Unit 35; 902-446-KIDS (5437); atticakids.ca) has everything you need to create the perfect bedroom for your child, from infant to teenager. Co-owners Suzanne Saul and Christopher Joyce say they want their bedrooms to encourage dreaming. From the castle-loft fantasy bed for your little girl to funky sumo lounge chairs for your teen, the pieces are bright and fun.